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Trustees of Shaw University 


Corresponding Secretary of the 

American Baptist Home 

Mission Society 



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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 


Raleigh, N. C, May 31, 1915. 
Dear Brethren: — 

I submit herewith my twentieth and twenty-first Annual 
Reports. The latter is the fiftieth since the establishment of 
the institution. On account of the large financial deficit last 
year the usual annual printed report was omitted. The year 
ended today has been one of the best, so far as I can judge, 
in the history of the institution. I have never known a bet- 
ter atmosphere from the standpoint of morality, religion and 
cheerful compliance with necessary rules and regulations. 
There have been fewer students inclined to yield to the evil 
influences in town. 

RELIGIOUS ACTIVITIES— Near the beginning of the 
year special evangelistic services were conducted by Rev. 
Charles S. Morris, D. D., of Norfolk, Va. His consecrated 
spirit, his familiarity with the Bible and his charming per- 
sonality were all factors that contributed to successful meet- 
ings. Practically all the students enrolled this year are* 
professed christians. 

The Young Men's Christian Association and the Young 
Women's Christian Association have been active as well as 
the Hayes Fleming Missionary Society. More attention has 
been given to voluntary Bible study. This work has been 
carried on regularly under the direction of Professor Craver, 
Miss Bryant and others, and diplomas were awarded on Com- 
mencement Day to those who had completed the course of 

HEALTH. — The health of the students has been good. 
There has been very little sickness, and the surroundings of 

the institution are of such a nature as to contribute to health 
of body, mind and soul. 

NEW COURSES OF STUDY.— On account of the in- 
ability to provide a large additional sum of money it was 
found necessary to close the hospital and substitute for the 
four years' course in medicine a four years' B. S. course in 
medicine, the first two years of which are the same as the first 
two years of the regular college course, and the last two years 
the same as the first two years of a regular four years' school of 
medicine. It will take a few years to get this course in full 
operation, but a good beginning has been made as evidenced 
by the fact that there were thirty enrolled this year in the 
class in Biology. 

I renew my recommendation for the establishment of a 
school in Dentistry. A school of Dentistry can be operated 
without large additional expense, for several subjects that 
must be taken in a course in Dentistry are already given in 
the courses in Medicine and Pharmacy. 

In order to further the work of the education course, a 
practice school in a small way was established this year. 
Less progress was made than was expected, for the reason that 
the teacher in charge was called home by the sickness of her 
father, and was not able to return. Steps are being taken to 
enlarge this course next year by securing a teacher capable of 
directing the work of a practice school. Superintendent 
Brink heartily endorses this plan. It is hoped to remodel the 
Medical dormitory into class rooms and use some of the class 
rooms in the basement of Shaw Hall for the practice school. 
The other rooms are needed for the literary societies and 
social purposes. 

FINANCES. — The year has been the hardest financially 
that I have known in my long experience in educational work. 

While some schools have had to shorten the year because of 
financial difficulties, and many others have closed the year 
with a deficit, we have been so highly favored, because of the 
success of the Commencement Club and the income from our 
small endowment, that we have closed the year with a slight 
balance on the right side, as will be seen by reference to the 
financial statement at the end of this report. 

PHYSICAL CONDITIONS.— Physical conditions are far 
from satisfactory. Nearly all of the buildings are in need of 
repairs, both exterior and interior. I am shaping up plans so 
that some of the buildings can be painted as soon as we have 
suitable weather for this work next autumn. I am also 
planning for some interior improvements. When we have 
removed the indebtedness of three thousand dollars now hang- 
ing over us, a deficit accumulated through a series of years by 
maintaining a four years" course of study in Medicine and by 
the operation of the Leonard Hospital, we shall be in better 
shape to look after the physical condition of the institution. 

HIGHER SALARIES. — I renew my recommendation of 
last year for higher salaries. Some of my recommendations 
in this direction have been adopted for the next year, and I 
am hoping that other changes can be made in the next few 
years. We cannot long retain competent teachers who are 
college or normal graduates, even in a missionary school, un- 
less the salaries are considerably higher. 

GRADUATION. — New courses of study make necessary 
higher requirements both for admission and graduation. We 
now require the completion of a four years' academic or high 
school course of study as a condition for entering the freshman 
class in college, and no one can enter upon the study of 

medicine without completing the work of the first two years 
of the college course. 

The requirements in the department of Pharmacy are also 
being raised, and higher requirements in the courses of edu- 
cation will be insisted upon just as soon as possible. These 
higher requirements, the adoption of a two years' course in 
Medicine, the closing of the hospital and an increase in the 
charges of more than ten per cent, have resulted, as expected, 
in a decreased attendance. The attendance this year, how- 
ever, was nearly three hundred, and we had a fine body of 

THEOLOGICAL HALL.— Work on the Theological Hall 
has been suspended for lack of funds. The hard financial 
condition of the country has made it impossible for our finan- 
cial agent to secure funds to carry on the work. We have 
paid all our bills and have considerable material on hand. 
The walls of the basement story are completed, and the win- 
dow frames in position. A campaign must be started soon to 
raise funds for the completion of this building. The brethren 
are calling for an enlargement of the Theological department, 
and this cannot well be done until the building is completed. 

SUMMER SCHOOL. — There ought to be a summer school 
in session at least six weeks during each vacation. Last year 
the National Medical Association held its sessions at Shaw, as 
did also the State Teachers' Association. These meetings 
were helpful, but there ought to be a summer school with 
regular systematic instruction. 

MISCELLANEOUS.— The year has been marked by 
harmony and co-operation on the part of the members of the 
faculty, and only words of commendation are due the teachers 
for their faithful service. All have been actuated by a fine 
spirit of service, and it is my opinion that the year has been 

one of the best in character building that the institution has 

Saturday before Commencement Day a flag pole was placed 
upon the top of the tower on Shaw Hall. The shaping of a 
juniper log into a symmetrical pole and placing it securely 
upon the tower of Shaw Hall was done by the students in the 
mens' industrial department under the supervision of Prof. G. 
A. Edwards. In the presence of the faculty and students a 
flag was thrown to the breeze and appropriate exercises fol- 
lowed. We are indebted to Mrs. S. Alice Ewing, teacher in 
the girls' industrial department, for this flag pole and flag. 
She influenced friends in the North to contribute the necessary 

It is encouraging to know that some of the students and 
some of the graduates are thinking of the needs of Shaw 
University. Several have asked me of late what it would cost 
to install a clock with a large dial in the tower of Shaw Hall. 
A suggestion has also been made concerning a gateway at the 
entrance. There ought to be at the main entrance on South 
street a dignified and ornamental gateway as well as a sub- 
stantial and durable fence on either side the proposed gateway 
as far as Wilmington street on the west and Blount street on 
the east. 

All the walks of the campus should be laid in cement or 
concrete, and seats of metal or stone or concrete, artistic and 
durable, should be built here and there in convenient loca- 
tions under the trees and near the buildings. By such means 
the beauty of the campus, already attractive with its grand 
old oaks, its thrifty and graceful elms, and well-kept lawns, 
would be greatly enhanced. 

I append my financial reports, copies of which have already 
been forwarded to Mr. F. T. Moulton, Treasurer. 

Annual Financial Report of Shaw University to 
The American Baptist Home Mission Society 




Fr Z^': n :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: } ^™ « 

Books, etc., sold to Students ( 892 49 

Old Accounts - ____ 378 30 

Leonard Hospital 1,125 68 

Contributions from White Churches, etc 44 50 

Contributions from Negro Churches, etc _ 425 50 

Am. Bapt. Home Mission Society _ 17,456 57 

Women's Home Mission Societies, Chicago__ 1,000 00 

All other sources not included in above 7,652 39 

Indemnity Fees 894 00 

Diplomas and Certificates . _ 229 50 

Students' Deposits _ 1,090 90 


Slater Fund _ $2,250 00 

Bank Loans _ 3,500 00 

Crosby Fund_ ._ 150 00 

Theol. Bldg. Fund 284 77 

Fire Insurance on Medical Building 950 00 

Total Receipts $53,677 58 


Gratuities and Rebates .__ _ $ 533 70 

Boarding Department: 

Food Supplies ) 6,770 03 

Other Supplies _ J 547 96 

Wages 678 47 

Miscellaneous .____ 204 29 

Department of Instruction: 

Salaries 13,877 74 

Educational Supplies 1,200 13 

Miscellaneous 83 72 

Maintenance of Buildings and Grounds: 

Heat, Light and Power 4,244 33 

Wages 1,347 89 

Repairs and Renewals 1,425 92 

Miscellaneous 1,051 95 

General Expenses Leonard Building 1,517 52 

Office Salaries 1,168 57 

Postage and Stationery 304 14 

Traveling .... 776 74 

Miscellaneous 6,746 66 

Students' Deposits 1,090 90 

Indemnity Fees 739 00 

Leonard Schools of Medicine and Pharmacy__ 3,610 13 

Library 52 20 

Permanent Improvements, Laboratory Equip 1,391 61 

Leonard Hospital: 

Boarding Department 1,028 12 

Supplies and Implements 745 56 

Wages 1,896 11 

Miscellaneous 946 00 

Total Expenditures $53,979 39 


Balance in Treasury beginning of year, 

June 1, 1913 $ 589 41 

Receipts' during year 53,677 58 

Total $54,266 99 

Disbursements during year $53,979 39 

Balance in Treasury end of year 287 60 

Total $54,266 99 



Fr B n oard Ulti ° n } $13,505 55 

Books, etc., sold to Students 782 26 

Old Accounts 44 15 

Contributions from White Churches, etc 92 91 

Contributions from Negro Churches, etc 224 13 

Am. Bapt. Home Mission Society 13,792 91 

Women's Home Mission Societies, Chicago 1,050 00 

*Slater Fund 2,250 00 

All other sources not included in above 4,658 12 

Indemnity and Athletic 519 00 

Domestic Science Dept 123 67 

Laboratory Fees 215 00 

^Includes $3,000.00 Crosby Fund from sale of 
houses; also $106.00 Crosby Fund. 

Total Receipts $37,257 70 


Boarding Department: 

Food Supplies $ 4,373 67 

Other Supplies 126 07 

Wages 754 07 

Miscellaneous 291 09 

Department of Instruction: 

*Salaries 15,675 00 

Educational Supplies 906 94 

Miscellaneous 125 35 

Maintenance of Buildings and Grounds: 

Heat, Light and Power 3,257 14 

Wages 937 80 

Repairs and Renewals 1,299 95 

Miscellaneous 476 28 

General Fxpenses: 

Office Salaries 975 38 

Postage and Stationery 329 19 


Traveling 482 93 

Miscellaneous 1,786 86 

Expressage, etc 68 05 

Athletic Association (Fees) 256 00 

Library 101 28 

Permanent Improvements, Chemical Laboratory, 367 45 


In money and Scholarships 717 45 

Tuition and charges refunded ._ 230 50 

Missions 197 53 

Miscellaneous, Indemnity Fees 243 00 

Total Expenditures $33,978 98 

Balance in Treasury beginning of year__$ 287 60 
Receipts during year 37,257 70 

Total $37,545 30 

Disbursements during year $33,978 98 

Balance in Treasury end of year 3,566 32 

Total $37,545 30 


From Students for Tuition and Board $671 65 

Benedict College 260 00 

L. S- Matthews & Co 40 00 


Note Citizen's National Bank, Raleigh $3,000 00 

[Secured by Crosby Fund included in our balance.] 

Respectfully submitted, 

Charles Francis Meserve,